frequently asked questions regarding the goat milk infant formula recipe

The Questions

How long will the formula last once in the fridge?

Use the formula as quickly as possible and try to not let it go beyond 2 days. 3 days would be the max. How much you are feeding will determine how much you should make ahead.

How long can the formula be out of the refrigerator once it is made?

The rule of thumb for all prepared foods is to not let the food stay out for more than 4 hours at room temperature. I recommend playing it safe and not letting this extend beyond 3 hours. Once baby is done with his/her bottle, put it in the refrigerator as quickly as possible.

I want to take the formula with me traveling. What tips do you have for making the formula while “on the road.”

In order to do this right you only need 3 simple things. A thermos of “hot” water, an eight ounce bottle and a sealable jar/container. Place all of your dry ingredients in the 8 oz baby bottle and fill a sealable jar/container with 4 parts ghee, 2 parts sunflower oil, 1 part grapeseed oil, and 1 part blackstrap molasses. Now when you are ready to mix the formula, simply add your water to the dry ingredients, add 1 teaspoon of your “liquid cocktail”, shake, and viola! You’re ready to go.

I want to use liquid/raw goat milk in my formula instead of the powder. How should the recipe be modified?

The ratio is easy ratio to remember: 1:1.

It is a 1:1 ratio of milk to water. 4 ounces milk  to 4 ounces of warm water and everything else in the recipe stays the same.

Warning: I LOVE raw milk. I completely believe that it is superior to pasteurized milk. However, I don’t recommend using raw goat milk in the infant formula for one very important reason. While raw milk can be incredibly healthy, it can also be incredibly dangerous. I am specifically referring to raw milk that has been improperly handled. Dirty raw milk will get you sicker quicker than anything! Babies especially are even more susceptible to kind of food borne illness. Please keep your little one safe. This formula is meant to mimic raw milk (probiotics, food based vitamins/minerals, unprocessed fats, etc.) without the risks that raw milk comes with such as campylobacter, salmonella, e. coli, and listeria poisoning. Consider a basic risk assessment. In my opinion, the cons outweigh the pros in using raw milk.

I want to use this formula for – insert age here . Can I do this?

Interestingly enough when I first developed this formula I was recommended parents hold off until baby was a few months old. However, we have been constantly updating and improving the formula and have had such overwhelmingly great feedback for all ages between newborn and 1 year that I feel comfortable recommending the formula to all ages. I never get tired of saying this though, keep your doctor in the loop.

Where should I buy all the other ingredients?

Amazon, your local grocery store, etc. are all great places to find the more common ingredients like molasses and oils. If you really want easy you can simply purchase the goat milk formula kit we offer. Total retail value of kit is over $200 and contains all the wholesome ingredients necessary to make the formula at home.

Do we use the multivitamins/probiotics in every bottle we make?

No. Just include those nutrients in one bottle per day and your baby will receive his/her needed vitamins and probiotics.

I thought goat milk was low in folic acid and vitamin b12?

You are right. (good job!) That is why we add the multivitamin drops.

The directions on the milk powder says I should use 2 scoops but your recipe only calls for one. Why is that ?

A baby under 12 months old still has developing kidneys. Straight, “full strength” goat milk powder uses two scoops. There is simply too much protein and naturally occurring sodium in that amount of milk powder for the maturing kidney’s of a baby to handle. Therefore we reduce the amount of milk powder to reduce the amount of protein. We then increase the amount of carbohydrates to make up for what we’ve taken out.

Is my baby getting enough iron with this formula?

Yes and here is why. When a baby is born full term they usually have a 6 month supply of iron that they have stored up while still in the womb. Therefore, from 0-6 months, the iron requirement for infants is only .27 mg/day. After six months however, the requirement jumps up to 11 mg for babies between 7 -12 months and then drops back down to 7 mg/day for toddlers 1-3 years of age. (The iron RDA won’t go back up to 11mg/day until your son or daughter is a teenager.) The formula that I created will deliver 0.5mg iron/100 calories of formula. Usually by the time a baby gets to 6 months, they begin eating a variety of solid foods and as long as parents are careful to include iron rich foods (winter squash, sweet potato etc.) along with vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables (vitamin C assists with iron absorption) supplementing with iron drops shouldn’t be necessary. However if you choose to supplement with iron drops remember that often these can cause constipation.

My baby just started the formula and loves it! He seems constipated though. Should I be worried?

It is very common for slight constipation to occur when switching to formula. There are several easy fixes that will help the transition. First, give them time to adjust on their own. The digestive system of a infant does not react as quickly as a mature digestive system to changes in diet and sometimes all the baby needs is a little more time to regulate on their own. If however it seems that they need a little help you can do one of two things. First, add less milk powder to the formula. Instead of using 1 scoop per bottle use 3/4 of a scoop and let the formula be a bit watered down for a day or two. This will usually clear things up and then you can go back to the regular recipe. Another trick is to add a generous amount of blackstrap molasses to the formula, blackstrap molasses is a natural laxative. The recipe calls for 1/8 of a teaspoon of molasses but feel free to use double, triple or even quadruple that for a short period of time to help clear up the constipation.

I’m using goat milk powder from Meyenberg. Is that okay? Does it change the formula?

Yes this is okay.  Please don’t use the liquid goat milk Meyenberg offers at your local grocery store. It has been ultra-pasteurized (UHT) which gives it a much longer shelf life but drastically decreases the digestibility of the milk. Ultra-pasteurization ultimately makes food a nutritional wasteland.  If UHT goat milk is it is your only option temporarily, don’t worry, it will work but get a high quality goat milk powder or find a liquid pasteurized variety is still be much better than cow milk but it is the least desirable for your infant formula.

The vitamin powder says 6-12 months but my baby is less than 6 months. What should I do?

Marketing anything for babies under 6 months carries a lot of liability for manufacturers and therefore they are often unwilling to place written recommendation on their labeling that recommends infants less than 6 months use the product. There isn’t any ingredients that would be dangerous for a baby less than 6 months therefore I have not problem giving baby the vitamin powder. As always, keep your doctor in the loop so they can be aware of any special considerations your baby may need.

Another formula I researched contain raw liver, nutritional yeast, acerola powder, egg yolks, beef gelatin, etc.? Why don’t you recommend these ingredients.

The formula I’ve created is meant to be a simple wholesome formula that is both affordable, practical, and scientifically/nutritionally sound. The more I have studied these formulas that include such things as raw liver and nutritional yeast (yuck) the more I am convinced that they are lacking in key micronutrients. Regardless, including all those extra ingredients simply keeps the formula to far out in left field for most people including myself to actually use. Making your own formula out home is already a big commitment. If it is going to require several extra steps, rely on questionable ingredients, AND still be nutritionally unsound, then I am not much of a fan.

I’m stressing out that I won’t make this formula right. I want it to be perfect for my baby!

I do too! Developing infants need a lot of wholesome nutrition in their first year of life but we sometimes forget how resilient the growing body is to various forms of nutrition. Breast milk alone is obviously the gold standard but the nutritional composition varies wildly from week to week, day to day, and even hour to hour. Therefore don’t stress out about every little microcosm of the formula. If you baby gets a little more oil in a bottle then the recipe calls for, don’t worry about it. Breast milk fat, lactose (carbs), and protein go up and down a lot over the course of the first year of babies life. If you forget to add the vitamins, stay calm, it’s not the end of the world. You baby will be fine. Just follow the recipe as closely as you can and your baby will do great! Good job giving your baby the best formula available!

Q. Does the formula require any changes as my child gets older?

No the formula is designed for use until baby reaches 12 months. However the beauty of making your own formula means you have the ability to change the formula as you and your doctor see fit. As your infant grows into a toddler his kidneys develop and mature so that he is able to handle the higher protein content in goat milk. Between the age of 10-12 months, if you should so choose, you can begin to transition your baby to a high concentration of goat milk powder. Instead of only 1 heaping tbsp of milk powder you can begin putting 1 heaping tbsp + 1 heaping tsp milk powder. As you gradually increase the milk powder, you should gradually decrease the added carbohydrates and fats as the milk contains carbohydrates and fats to compensate. The table below will gives an example of how you might choose to transition your child whole milk version of CapraMilk.

Age

Milk Powder

Lactose

Fats/Oils

Water

9 months

1 scoop (14g)

1 tbsp

1/2 tsp ghee
1/4 tsp sunflower oil
1/8 tsp grapeseed oil

8 ounces

10 months

1 scoop
+ 1/3 scoop
(~19g)

2 tsp.

1/2 tsp ghee
1/8 tsp sunflower oil
1/8 tsp grapeseed oil

8 ounces

11 months

1 scoop
+ 2/3 scoop
(~ 24g)

1 tsp.

1/4 tsp ghee
1/8 tsp sunflower oil
1/8 tsp grapeseed oil

8 ounces

12 months

2 scoops
(28g)

None

None

8 ounces